You miss home ec class. Sewing aprons out of dish towels (and vice versa). Baking cakes with shortening pretransfat.
It harks back to a more innocent time.
Or does it? Miami’s own revamped vintage home accessories shop, Eclectica, introduces crafts for the 21st century with its ECOnomics classes.
Owner Katrina Cristobal, artist and self-described pack rat, offers instruction in such skills as decoupage, gift wrapping, jewelry making, wall art, and holiday decor — using only recycled materials (like sweet wreaths made of colorful plastic bags).
Cristobal provides the paraphernalia (the studio adjacent to her store is jammed with books, catalogs, junk mail, and funky objects just waiting for embellishment). Students may also bring materials, like a footstool or letter box to be jazzed up.
Each two-hour class costs $25 or less.
All in all, good for the home economy.
Available at Eclectica, 12286 Southwest 131st Avenue (305-278-2526). For upcoming classes, go to eclecticamiami.com.